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Friday, December 21, 2012

Today I went shopping to get some things for Christmas lunch.

Originally I was going to have two days' SparkHoliday, to eat in a gluttonous manner but unfortunately I ate more than I ought in Cornwall. On the plus side I did two days of hiking, but anyway I make the rules so I'm forfeiting one of my days of eating what I want. In my house the 24-hour Chrimbo celebration starts at 4pm on Christmas Eve and ends at 4pm on Christmas day. That means Posh Afternoon Tea with as many trimmings as you could want on Christmas Eve, eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce and Buck's Fizz for breakfast on Christmas Day, and then lunch at about 2pm . . .

Look, I did say I make the rules.

Ah lunch. Parma ham with fresh figs, pheasant in red wine, multiple cheeses and Christmas pudding since you ask. Coffee, liqueurs and what's left of the chocolates afterwards.

So today I bought about half the food. I bought the things that won't leap out the fridge and straight down my throat before their allotted time.

On Christmas eve I'll buy the things that are likely to detonate if I buy them earlier.

I regret to say that I ate four dates this evening, BUT I did count the calories.

Thing is, I detect a certain amount of SparkInfluence even when planning a Right Blow-Out like this.

- I'm genuinely not buying anything if I don't trust myself not to nibble at it beforehand. I appreciate I've slipped up where the dates are concerned, but tbh I buy them so rarely I didn't realise they should be on the prohibited (till Christmas eve) list
- half of the food on the list is actually 'proper' food, that is, it has a nutritional value - even the chocolates I get will be dark chocolate
- and the biggy: I'm buying just enough to have a nice time but not so much there's going to be any left over to eat up.

Wonder if I should cut down on the cheese a bit . . .
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CATNCAG 8/2/2013 11:31AM

    Just curious, what is Buck's Fizz?

It' okay to indulge on a holiday & it sounds like u r doing it in moderation! If that makes any sense!!! lol
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LISA_FRAME 1/16/2013 11:17AM

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NLYR20 1/9/2013 11:23AM

  emoticon That's Nice Planning

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REBARH 1/2/2013 11:00AM

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LANEYTHEGIRL 12/28/2012 4:56PM

    haha. very funny blog. keep it up.

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KAYYAK1 12/26/2012 10:07AM

  Way to go!

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REGSHAR 12/24/2012 10:25AM

    BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
HAVE A BLAST!

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LIFETIMER54 12/24/2012 4:55AM

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SJKENT1 12/23/2012 11:25PM

    Good for you. Merry Christmas and Blessings for the New Year

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JERICHO1991 12/23/2012 8:43PM

    Good purposeful, planned eating strategy.

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KHALIA2 12/23/2012 8:33PM

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/23/2012 8:23PM

    Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy yourself. You have planned well.

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DMEYER4 12/23/2012 7:12PM

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MOMOSG 12/23/2012 6:12PM

    Good plan for controlling the binge. I'll consider that strategy for my next special event with much food involved.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 12/23/2012 5:51PM

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/23/2012 4:49PM

    Happy Christmas! Enjoy your blessings.

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AJB121299 12/23/2012 3:55PM

    nice

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POWER2XCEL 12/23/2012 2:52PM

  Enjoy

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LJOYCE55 12/23/2012 2:36PM

  Happy Holidays emoticon

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AMANDACOETZER 12/23/2012 1:20PM

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LIFETIMER54 12/23/2012 11:50AM

  It's very important to treat yourself, keep up the great work.... emoticon emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 12/23/2012 9:38AM

    Great post, allow yourself a little indulgance

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NANNABLACK 12/23/2012 9:32AM

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PENOWOK 12/23/2012 9:14AM

    Thanks for the reminder that even indulgence has moderation... Does that even make sense? I'll bet you got it!!! Merry Christmas!

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AMARILYNH 12/23/2012 7:39AM

    If healthy dates are the worst 'blow out' food you eat before your celebration I say you are doing AWESOME!! But then I think you are totally 100% awesome anyway!! emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 12/23/2012 6:52AM

    Sounds like marvelous food, a sensible plan and a state of awareness that you've possibly not experienced before, so, all in all, well done!

Best of success to you and happy holidays!
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JSTETSER 12/23/2012 6:45AM

    Merry Christmas! Read my blog about Light
http://www.sparkpeople.com
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TDEMAIO2 12/23/2012 6:25AM

    emoticon Sound wonderful : ) Merry Christmas emoticon

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1DRWOMAN 12/23/2012 6:08AM

    Progress not perfection! You are doing better than last year...that's all that matters! I have dates in the morning in my oatmeal with walnuts, apple and flaxseeds...I love dates! There's sooooooo many worse things you could have than dates! Relax! Enjoy! Kick ass the rest of the week!
Xo

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ROXIGIRL 12/23/2012 3:03AM

    Enjoy you Christmas! We can't be dieting all the time. Life is for living. As long we don't over indulge on daily basis taking one day off is OK. emoticon

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KRISUA 12/23/2012 1:26AM

    Good reading like always.

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FRAN0426 12/23/2012 12:56AM

    All food in moderation is key, but some indulgance comes natural at the holidays. I bought a package of dates for a cookie recipe, had quite a bit left over, so ate 3 or 4 aevery other day---as they just can't hang around forever. By golly I had forgotten how good they taste. Sure looks like you have everything under control for Christmas so have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/23/2012 12:35AM

  it's ok to have some Christmas treats. You either eat less another time or do more activity later.

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CLAYARTIST 12/22/2012 11:46PM

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LTMURPHY7 12/22/2012 11:27PM

 




Yeah Cheese

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GRAYGRANNY 12/22/2012 9:32PM

    Christmas comes once a day sweetie...............you deserve to enjoy it!!

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AUSSIEJAN2 12/22/2012 9:02PM

    Ah, my kingdom for some real Christmas Pudding and custard. I have the Fruit cake and I do have custard powder, so I could fake it:)
It's just for a day, and small servings keeps it under control.
I'm with you. It's only Christmas once a year, and that's something to celebrate!
Merry Christmas. God bless.

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NOMORENOMORE 12/22/2012 9:01PM

    LOVE cheese. I take a tiny piece of every type I put out. Just a taste!

Enjoy!


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JAMER123 12/22/2012 8:15PM

    Sounds as though you have a great plan!! i think you will be able to do it! Have a very Merry Christmas!!
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PEGGYO 12/22/2012 8:00PM

    great planning

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/22/2012 7:19PM

    Funny, I did the same thing... 1/2 up front, the stuff I won't nibble on, the rest to come in the house tomorrow, or Monday morning.

Merry Christmas.

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HLOCHRIDGE 12/22/2012 7:13PM

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JIBBIE49 12/22/2012 6:46PM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail once again. What an honor.

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LHORSEY 12/22/2012 5:49PM

  I know dried fruit isn't exactly low in calories but surely it's considered a healthy snack?

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WALLINMW 12/22/2012 5:07PM

  Have a wonderful Christmas!

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EMMELINEE3 12/22/2012 5:03PM

    new to sp have been working hard for a month and I have to say thank you for sharing because I had a blow out today with summer sausage and cheese and crackers my favorite snack and a friend of mine gave me as a gift.

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KARRENLYNN 12/22/2012 4:53PM

    What is the point of dieting all the time if you can't indulge now and then? Balance and flexibility is the key. I believe you have some things going for you.........
1. you have set a specific block of time for your indulgences.
2. You're still tracking everything good and not so good.
3. You're indulging in special foods you don't have all the time.
4. You're not going to use this planned speedbump as an excuse to quit.
5. Because it's planned, you can enjoy without guilt (Way Cool!) and get move forward.

Enjoy your holiday, happy, healthy, and guilt free!

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